From a young age, long before he took up pole vaulting, TJ Rowan’s coach knew he was destined for great things in the sport. A former Olympic silver medalist himself, Monarch pole vaulting instructor Mike Tully saw a potential, a drive in TJ, even as he was simply showing up to practice to watch his older brother.

“He was a little kid. He was only maybe four foot tall at that time,” Tully recalled. “The middle brother of the family, Cole, he won the state meet as a pole vaulter (in 2017). He would come on down with Cole and he would try to do some pole vaulting. He just wasn’t matured or big enough and strong enough to be able to do anything.

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